The idea: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A ‘MOUSE’?
Let’s assume our bodies, made up mostly out of water, are flattened, digitized and resized into a few black and white pixels a.k.a. a mouse.
Our movements and expressions, walking, turning around, nodding, smiling become clicking, double clicking, right clicking, sliding, scrolling, scrolling and scrolling…
WE ARE ONLY SEEN AS XY COORDINATES NOW
Most of the time we spend on the screen, we’re being perceived as two numbers which define our position in the space, our presence is just a few pixels in this enormous screen space
WE ALL LOOK THE SAME
We are pointers of different variations. Our actions are guided by how our bodies interact with the environment; that moment when a mouse turns into a finger suggesting that we click, or the rainbow wheel of death telling us to slow down
WE THINK WE’RE ALONE
Have you ever seen more than one mouse on a screen? We only see ourselves; although a million of us could be on the same webpage at the same time. Are we really alone?
WE’RE ACTUALLY MORE EXPRESSIVE
We don’t feel as awkward about addressing uncomfortable questions, even when we’re sitting in the same physical space and sharing the same digital environment
So… what does it REALLY mean for us to be mice? And how can we design a more exciting web experience around it? (Also, doesn’t it sound funny, that instead of ‘a mouse’ we’re mice?)